This year, though, the Grammys 2020 began on a tragic note, following the untimely death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. While basketball fans held a vigil for the Lakers player outside the Los Angeles Staples Center, the music industry honoured him inside.
Artists Lizzo and Boyz II Men opened the Grammys with musical tributes, while the evening’s host, Alicia Keys, dedicated a heartfelt speech to Bryant. The award show’s atmosphere wasn’t dispirited for long, not as energetic performances by Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello and Spanish pop star Rosalía soon followed after. The night also became a memorable one for Billie Eilish, who made history by becoming the youngest musician to win awards from all four major categories.
We’ve figured out this year’s Grammys snubs (sorry, Ariana and Lana stans); all that’s left is evaluating the looks that the stars showed up in at the red carpet on Sunday evening. We’ve rounded up the best ones below.
Billie Eilish conquered the Grammys in Gucci
Green-haired Gen-Z icon Billie Eilish pretty much owned this year’s Grammys, sweeping the awards for Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. She also did it in head-to-toe Gucci, sporting a Gucci face mask, an oversized (duh) pantsuit with all-over Gucci prints, neon green Flashtrek sneakers and, finally, nail extensions with Gucci’s double G logo. Talk about logomania.
Ariana Grande wore not one, but two giant couture gowns
Ariana Grande has already spelled out her love of excess with her materialist anthem “7 Rings”, but it was at the Grammys’ red carpet that the singer really put her money where her mouth is. Seemingly straight out of Haute Couture Week, she arrived in a custom Giambattista Valli tulle gown with matching gloves, before switching into a crystal-trimmed top and full skirt made for her by Schiaparelli. The fact that both dresses resembled grey clouds is a strange foreshadowing of her Grammy losses later that night, but Ariana had fun anyway.
Lizzo channeled Cher and Diana Ross
How do you create an iconic red carpet look? By referencing the divas of pop culture’s past, according to Lizzo. The singer’s white, mermaid-silhouette Versace dress took cues from the red carpet looks of former Goddess of Pop Cher, while her faux fur stole was a nod to Disco Queen Diana Ross. Lizzo didn’t just look good as hell — she also later bagged three Grammys, including Record of the Year for “Truth Hurts”.
FKA Twigs was an ethereal baroque princess
The pole-dancing, sword-fighting British musician FKA Twigs appeared at the Grammys in a gown that befitted her austerity. The lace and tulle creation was designed by Ed Marler — with whom Twigs has collaborated with for many of her on-stage and music video outfits — and boasted all the ornate stylistic touches that could be found in the singer’s latest album, Magdalene.
Lana Del Rey served 1960s first lady glamour
Sad-pop priestess Lana Del Rey resembled a ghost of Hollywood’s past with yet another nostalgic get-up. She lit up the Grammys red carpet in a glittering silver embellished gown (which, she revealed, she got at the mall), paired with arm candy in the form of her cop boyfriend Sean Larkin. She topped off her look with a retro updo that was very Jackie O, marking the second time Lana has channeled the former first lady.
Dua Lipa’s look was a 1990s throwback
Amidst all the high fashion and high drama, pop star Dua Lipa was a singular vision of minimalist perfection. Her Alexander Wang satin slip dress, which mirrored those favoured by style icons Kate Moss and Gwenyth Paltrow back in the 1990s, completely distracted us from wondering what she was even doing at the Grammys last night.
Tyler, the Creator checked out of The Grand Budapest Hotel
Or, at least, it seemed that way when he arrived at the Grammys in a pink bellhop outfit from his fashion label Golf Le Fleur. If that wasn’t enough of a nod to the Wes Anderson film, Tyler also completed his look with a suitcase. In it, he packed his signature striped polo tee and baggy pants, which he would later wear when receiving the award for Rap Album of the Year — fulfilling the prophecy he made 10 years ago.
Lil Nas X continued to push the yeehaw agenda
On a mission to bring as many cowboy-inspired outfits to the red carpet as he can, Lil Nas X showed up with fellow country singer Billy Ray Cyrus in a hot pink leather suit and harnesses courtesy of Versace. The “Old Town Road” rapper wasn’t the only one who sported a cowboy hat at the Grammys; musicians Diplo and Orville Peck also had 10-gallon hats of their own to show off.
Billy Porter won Best Hat of the Grammys
The cowboys had nothing on Billy Porter, though, whose hat came complete with a crystal fringe that moved out of the way for the grand reveal of the actor’s face. The hat — which was paired with a sparkling, disco-inspired cropped jacket and jumpsuit by Baja East — was a stroke of genius from L.A. milliner Sarah Sokol, who designed a similarly show-stopping hat for Janelle Monae at last year’s Met Gala.